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The cavalry arrives for Joker War in Batman #99 first look

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It may say 'Batman' on the cover, but September 15's Batman #99 will remind fans that DC's Dark Knight has an entire family of superheroes supporting him.

Red Hood, Nightwing, the Signal, Orphan, Robin, Batgirl, Spoiler, Harley Quinn, and Batwoman have arrived to help Bruce and Catwoman in their war against the Joker and his lackeys.

Here's a first look at the issue:

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"Things have changed, as Batman realizes he can't fight this war alone," reads DC's synopsis of the issue. "He's going to need help. Before he faces down the Joker, he must call up his trusty partner Dick Grayson! But can Dick reclaim his lost memories in time to join the battle?"

This is the Batman title's penultimate chapter of the current 'The Joker War' crossover event, written by James Tynion IV and drawn by Jorge Jimenez.

The Bat-family will be a big part of the final installments of 'The Joker War', as well as the DC line going forward according to Tynion.

"... anyone who knows my work in and around Gotham knows how much I care about the Batman family characters - and getting these characters in position to set the stage for a very, very rich Gotham City that we’ll be telling stories in, in 2021," Tynion told Newsarama earlier this year

"This is meant to really shake up and inject a lot of really exciting new elements into the Gotham mix, and elevate some characters that haven’t had that kind of elevation in a while," he continued.

Batman #99 goes on sale on September 15.

Chris has covered comic book news for Newsarama since 2003, and has also written for USA Today, Life, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the  2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and the 2012 Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table.